Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair, operated by the US Department of Homeland Security, N35442: Accident occurred August 22, 2018 in Pittsfield, Somerset County, Maine

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine
Textron; Kansas City, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location:  Pittsfield, ME
Accident Number: ERA18LA228
Date & Time: 08/22/2018, 2300 EDT
Registration: N35442
Aircraft: Cessna T206
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Public Aircraft 

On August 22, 2018, about 2300 eastern daylight time, a Cessna T206H, N35442, operated by the US Department of Homeland Security, was destroyed during a forced landing after a loss of engine power near Pittsfield Municipal Airport (2B7), Pittsfield, Maine. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was filed for the public use flight that originated from Bangor International Airport (BGR) Bangor, Maine.

According to the pilot, he departed BGR around 2100 for a mission that would last about 3 hours. During the return flight to BGR, at an altitude of 8,000 ft. he requested a lower altitude from air traffic control. During the decent, he heard a "bang," followed by a vibration and a sound like a "machine gun." The pilot noticed the engine was not producing engine power and a cylinder was "lost" on the engine monitoring instrument. The pilot then declared an emergency, and air traffic control gave him vectors to the closest airport, 2B7. While on an extended final approach to runway 36 at 2B7, the pilot determined that they would not be able to glide all the way to the runway. He noticed a river between the airplane and the runway, so he turned to avoid landing in the river. The pilot tried to land in an open area of the forest about 4,500 ft. south of runway 36.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained damage to the elevator by contacting maple trees. The fuselage was fractured at a 45° angle. The pilot's floorboard and seat tracks were buckled from impact.

Detailed examination of the engine revealed that the No. 4 cylinder exhaust hydraulic roller tappet was fractured and had separated. The engine was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N35442
Model/Series: T206 H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWVL, 310 ft msl
Observation Time: 0256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.65 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Bangor, ME (BGR)
Destination: Bangor, ME (BGR) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  44.758611, -69.370000 (est)

PITTSFIELD — Two men were injured when a plane belonging to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations experienced engine trouble and crashed Wednesday night in Burnham after they tried to land at Pittsfield Municipal Airport, officials said.

The plane is a Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair. The two crew members on board were from the agency’s Air and Marine Operations organization, according to Stephanie Malin, branch chief for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs northern/coastal region.

Malin said the plane was conducting “border security operations” when it experienced a suspected engine failure, but said she could not give further details.

The crew, whose names have not been released, were forced to make an emergency off-field landing near the airport.

Both were injured in the crash but able to walk away from the wreckage, Malin said.

One of the men called 911 and gave information on the location of the crash, which was in a wooded area along the Sebasticook River in Burnham, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Both were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, where one was treated and released while the other was taken to Boston for treatment of more serious injuries, McCausland said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct the crash investigation.

Air and Marine Operations is one of three main branches of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the other two being the Office of Field Operations and U.S. Border Patrol.

The general purpose of Air and Marine Operations is to assist with border security and sometimes with search and rescue missions, Malin said.

In 2017, Air and Marine Operations enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of about 269,790 pounds of cocaine, 384,230 pounds of marijuana, 5,721 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,089 weapons and $26.1 million in cash; 2,573 arrests; and 37,009 apprehensions of illegal aliens, according to the agency’s website.

Other agencies that went to the crash site were Maine State Police, Pittsfield police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Warden Service, the Pittsfield Fire Department and Redington-Fairview Ambulance.

On Thursday morning, Burnham Fire Chief Charlie King could be seen near the crash site, speaking with game wardens who arrived in a boat at a staging area on the Sebasticook River along Peltoma Avenue in Pittsfield.

Vehicles from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were also at the scene.

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BURNHAM, Maine —  A Customs and Border Protection plane with two people on board crashed Wednesday night at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport after reporting engine trouble, according to police.

The pilot and co-pilot had taken off from the Bangor International Airport when the single-engine plane experienced engine trouble, an FAA spokesperson said.

The crash was reported at 10:57 p.m. about a half-mile from the airport in Burnham. The crash site is near the Sebasticook River, just across the river from the airport.

Both men, who live in upstate New York, survived the crash and were taken to a hospital in Pittsfield, Pittsfield Police Chief Pete Bickmore said.

The pilot sustained a severe eye injury and was expected to be taken to a Boston hospital, police said.

According to Bickmore, the pilot reported engine trouble at a height of about 8,000 feet.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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